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Legal news from Wednesday, July 7, 2010
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] on Wednesday annulled portions of the government-approved [JURIST report] constitutional amendments [text, in Turkish] aimed at limiting the power of the judiciary and bringing the traditionally-secular military and judiciary under government control. The court declined to annul the entire package of [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration filed a brief [text, PDF] Tuesday asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the offshore drilling ban ordered after the BP oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the Gulf of Mexico. The filing in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A complaint was filed with the Dutch prosecutor's office on Tuesday alleging that three Dutch soldiers, operating as UN peacekeepers, were complicit in the commission of war crimes and genocide during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline; JURIST news archive], which resulted in the death of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A group of Chicago citizens on Tuesday filed suit [complaint, PDF] against the city and Mayor Richard Daly [official website] claiming the the city's new gun control ordinance infringes on their constitutional rights. The new ordinance bans gun shops in Chicago and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere [official website, in German] announced Wednesday that Germany would accept two detainees from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. The announcement came after months of negotiations with the Obama administration, which originally asked Germany to take up to 10 detainees [JURIST [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Chongqing deputy police chief and high-ranking judicial official Wen Qiang was executed [press release, in Chinese] in China on Wednesday after an appeal of his corruption charges was rejected [press release] by the Chongqing Intermediate People's Court [official website] in May. Wen was convicted [JURIST report] in April [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Australian court on Wednesday ordered four companies and the captain of a cargo ship to stand trial over a 2009 oil spill [BBC backgrounder] that resulted in more than 53,000 gallons of oil being spilled into the coastal waters surrounding Australia. The captain of the cargo ship was [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court [official website] on Wednesday convicted [Sea Shepherd press release] New Zealand anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune on five criminal charges in connection with boarding a Japanese whaling vessel as part of a protest in the Antarctic. Bethune was convicted of assault, trespass, destruction of property, illegal [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle (R) [official website] on Tuesday vetoed [statement of veto, PDF] a bill [HB 444 text, PDF] that would have allowed same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive]. The bill, which would have conferred upon homosexual and heterosexual couples rights and benefits equal to those afforded married [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Paris criminal court on Wednesday sentenced former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to seven years in jail for money laundering. Noriega, whose trial began last week [JURIST report], was convicted of laundering $3 million in drug profits by purchasing property in Paris. A lawyer [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Tuesday announced a proposed rule [text, PDF; materials] that will reduce air pollution [JURIST news archive] transported across state lines and bring delinquent areas into compliance with federal and state air quality requirements. The Transport Rule targets power plants specifically [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Tuesday began debate on a bill that would make it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] or other full face veils in public. Under the bill, women who wear the veil can be required by police to [read more]

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